Vincent Marshall Dodge City Globe
A fare increase was discussed Monday by Dodge City Community College’s board of trustees for its helicopter program and its partnership with Quantum Helicopters.
According to DCCC Provost Adam John, an amendment to the lease contract with Quantum for its helicopters provides for an increase of $25 per hour for the R22 and $30 per hour for the R44.
A lease agreement has been in place with Quantum Helicopters since 2020 and there have been no rate increases during this period.
“Quantum will be raising prices to help offset fuel, insurance and some of the increased costs,” John said. “We don’t currently have any students enrolled in R44, we don’t have all that time, but we’re saving it just in case we need it.”
The increase in the rate will be passed on to the tuition fees.
Quantum will also provide as part of the lease addendum, free advice on aviation matters and any assistance the college may require.
Despite the increased fees, when DCCC partnered with Quantum after UHI, the overall cost of the program was $340,000 for an associate degree, according to John. Now, thanks to Quantum, the overall program cost for the degree is $130,000 and the rate increase brings it up to $139,000.
“It’s even less and very competitive in the market,” John said.
“And we have good registration now,” administrator Kathy Ramsour said.
John said there were 70 students enrolled in the program taught in Chandler, Arizona.
“It’s a fun problem to have because we’re running out of space,” John said of a potential second location opening in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
John also spoke of a potential fixed-wing aircraft flight program underway, but said with preliminary discussions underway, a program like this could be around a year away.
“But it’s something we’re actively working on now,” John said. The rate increase was approved with a
The rate increase was approved by a 5-0 vote. Directors Gary Harshberger and Jim Lewis were absent from the meeting and did not vote.
Sales of grain malt beverages will begin as soon as possible, as the DCCC Board of Directors unanimously approved an exemption from Board Policies 707, 708 and 838 until March 2022, to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in the student activity center.
In December, the council approved the application for a license to allow the sale of alcohol.
The permit authorizing the sales would cost $225 and with a price of $32,000 the college will seek to add spacing and bar areas to the dome which it will seek to make through donations as well as naming rights to the zoned.
“Once we pass that and look at the board policy, is there a way to look at putting those policies together,” Ramsour said. “So we don’t have three liquor policies?”
According to DCCC Chief Financial Officer Jeff Cermin, it would be possible to combine policies 707 and 708, however, policy 838 contains language required by the Kansas Department of Education, “In terms of alcohol abuse, substance abuse on campus, so I think we need to have a separate policy that deals with that.
Current college policy states that it takes two meetings in order to change a policy and with approval this would allow the board and college to make an exception in order to obtain the sale of grain based malt beverages sold at the center student activities this season. .
“In terms of those policies one of the things is maybe putting it on the line if that’s what the board wants to do it doesn’t mean we can’t come back in a few months and do something more with that or refine them in some way, if the board is inclined,” said DCCC legal counsel Glenn Curbs.
A purchase agreement has been reached to purchase 14 acres of property on Matt Down Road from Jeff Switzer.
The DCCC Board of Directors sought to purchase the property for use by the college rodeo team as well as possible agricultural and technical classrooms on the property.
The college had previously made a down payment of $25,000 to reach the total of $675,000 with an additional closing cost of $10,000, bringing the overall total to $685,000.
Funding for the purchase of the property would come from cash reserves held at the Kansas Municipal Pool and sponsorship funds.
“Our spending numbers, we’re at the end of December, which is halfway through the year, but our spending numbers, we’ve only spent 40%,” Cermin said. “So we’re very good stewards of taxpayers’ money.”
Funding of $6.7 million was also recently received by Ford County College.
Administrator Dr. Kelly Henrichs said the purchase would be a huge need for the rodeo team to get their own indoor training facility, which would go on the property.
“It’s going to help all agriculture students,” Councilor Bill Turley said. “What we need in Southwest Kansas and Ford County.”
The outright purchase was unanimously approved.
Administrators will look to purchase an additional truck for its CDL Truck Program, Vice President of Workforce Development Clayton Tatro said, with higher enrollment, the program needs to purchase an additional vehicle .
The higher enrollment in the program stems from the need for state-approved third-party testing for the CDL program. DCCC hired a CDL technician and increased enrollment in the program, especially with manual transmission instruction.
“If we’re buying a truck that’s new to us anyway,” Tatro said, “it makes sense that we look at a sleeper cab.”
With a sleeper cab truck for students, it would allow more students and the instructor in the cab to teach, in the same way that students in driver training can ride in the back seat of student drivers .
The board will approve a set of parameters to purchase the truck, up to $80,000. Funding for the purchase would come from emergency relief funds for higher education, funds allocated to stabilize education due to COVID-19, and funds from the National Transportation Safety Grant.
By approving the parameters on Monday, once the CDL program finds the truck with the approved parameters, the program would be able to purchase the truck without needing another board approval.
The approval was made unanimously.
Administrators unanimously approved an exception to a policy to purchase a 2020 Kansas Highway Patrol Dodge Durango to use for campus security duty for $29,350.
According to Director of Security Josh Thompson, campus security currently only has one vehicle which was purchased from KHP in 2017 and has driven nearly 160,000 miles due to 24/7 use. 7. Campus security would keep the vehicle in service with the new Durango purchase.
The exception to the policy is required by the Board of Directors because the purchase will not be subject to an offer. This is partly due to the fact that the KHP vehicle is already equipped and ready to go, except for the decals.
Musical instruments will be purchased to replace old equipment.
DCCC received two offers, $134,910 from Taylor Music and $44,727 from Senseney Music.
Both offers will be partial for certain instrument purchases from both companies.
“Our inventory was approximate,” said DCCC Group Director Joel Vinson. “Two-thirds of that figure was from pre-World War II up to 1990 at the latest. So, I exchanged anything that was substandard or couldn’t be fixed.
Vinson requested all pro-level, professional-grade percussion and concert brass.
The purchased instrument was unanimously approved.
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